Board / Staff

Board of directors


Alan Macrae, President

Author of Mud, Space and Spirit, the pioneering book of New Mexico 60’s architecture, a native New Mexican and local builder, he is also a published poet and novelist. 


Janet Webb, Vice President

Janet is the owner of Webb Design Inc., a design and marketing company focused on the tourism industry and the fine arts arena. She has lived in Taos since 1974.


Prudy Abeln, Treasurer

BA in Political Science/Education from Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Utah. Most of her career she was a Mortgage Loan Officer with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. She is currently involved in Taos as President Taos Assn of Bed & Breakfast Inns (TABBI), Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Asst. Governor, District 5520, Rotary International, Assoc. Board of the Taos Art Museum. Prudy is co-owner with her husband John of Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Rebecca Lenzini, Secretary

Rebecca Lenzini: Owner of The Charleston Advisor, a trade journal serving libraries and publishers, which is read by over 2,000 subscribers worldwide and Nighthawk Press, a new Taos-based publishing company.



Cherie Burns

Cherie is author of Searching for Beauty, the Life of Millicent Rogers (St. Martin's Press 2011), The Great Hurricane of 1938, and Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out, or Wicked. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York, People and other publications.

Kathy Fitzgerald

Magna cum laude in English from Harvard University. Interpreter for national Italian TV station in Rome, Italy; worked at Boston’s PBS TV station; co-founder of Ithaca Films, a film production entity; board member of Poet’s Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts; in California was active on boards such as Global Fu.


Jim Yates


Jim worked overseas from 2006-2014 for the American Embassies in Tanzania, Ukraine, and Guyana. In Tanzania, he worked as the Media PEPFAR Outreach Coordinator writing articles and coordinating with the local media to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Prior to that he developed a small subdivision and he is currently active with the Taos Rotary Club.

Jan Smith, Executive Director


Jan Smith has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, was the curator of the SOMOS Summer/Winter Writers Series from 2009-2015, and is currently the Executive Director of  SOMOS. She is a 2012 recipient of an award from Southwest Writers for her short story, "Breasts," and a 2014 first place award winner for an excerpt from her memoir," Blink Like Crazy."


Branwyn Holroyd, Administrative Assistant


Branwyn Holroyd recently graduated from the Red Earth MFA at Oklahoma City University. Her poems have been published in the literary journal, Cirque and the San Pedro River Review. She is working on her first poetry manuscript.